"Bad Mexicans" and the 1910 Revolution

8/7/2023; 48 minutes

Awarded the 2023 Bancroft Prize for her book "Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire, and Revolution in the Borderlands," UCLA history professor Kelly Lytle Hernández tells the dramatic story of the magonistas, the migrant rebels who sparked the 1910 Mexican Revolution from the United States. Taking readers to the frontlines of the uprising and the U.S./Mexico counter-insurgency campaign that failed to stop it, Lytle Hernandez puts the magonista revolt at the heart of U.S. history. Long ignored by textbooks, the magonistas threatened to undo the rise of Anglo-American power, on both sides of the border, and inspired a revolution that gave birth to the Mexican-American population, making the magonista story integral to modern American life.

Lytle Hernández is a professor of History, African American Studies, and Urban Planning at UCLA where she holds The Thomas E. Lifka Endowed Chair in History and directs the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies. One of the nation's leading experts on race, immigration, and mass incarceration, she is the author of "Migra! A History of the U.S. Border Patrol," and "City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles." She also leads Million Dollar Hoods, which maps fiscal and human cost of mass incarceration in Los Angeles. For her historical and contemporary work, Lytle Hernández was named a 2019 MacArthur "Genius" Fellow.

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